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Jordan Harder
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Location: Cocolalla ID
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Hi my name's Jordan, I'm 25 and I am starting a farmstead. I am definitely keen on the eco village/communal living thing, and would like to team up with some other folks however that comes about.

Here's a little about my situation and lifestyle:

A recently purchased 10.5 acres 12 miles south of Sandpoint and 30 miles north of Couer d'alene Idaho. I think it's very lovely. My projects when the snow melts include finishing my driveway, fencing, planting some trees (chestnuts, walnuts, hazels, apples, pears. . .), and building a shop with a living space and a good project space that can double as overflow living space. And if I can find time, I'm planning a dirt jump line on one side of the property. I love riding bikes and don't feel like I'm outgrowing my enjoyment of being in the air.

I also love skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, sailing, and chilling out with slacklining and hacky sack. This is a really sweet area to do these things.

I love music and am just getting back into playing the banjo a little.

I want to practice permaculture, or I think that's the best term to describe what I envision. I'm not big into the guilt thing as a motivator though.

Shoot me a moosage or whatever if you might be interested or would like to talk.

Cheers!
-Jordan

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Brandon Brownell
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I've been looking into doing something similar in the Sandpoint area for a while now, but the job market there seems a bit tough. I've been checking the new job adds there for over a year now, but Coeur D'alene is the closest I have found anything. Even those pop up pretty infrequently, but I really don't want to be commuting that far if I can help it.

What do you do for a living, if you don't mind me asking? I work in construction (management), and if I am able to find something reasonably well paying over there, it shouldn't take long for me to save up enough to either buy my own spread, or buy in with someone else who already has something established.

Right now I'm in Olympia, WA. I really wish I had discovered Sandpoint a bit sooner. I quit my last job a little over a year ago, because it just didn't seem worth it anymore to commute up to Seattle to work at a job I didn't like, to pay to rent a house in a city where I don't want to be. Unfortunately, I didn't have a plan when I quit, and hadn't figured out where I wanted to move to yet. Now that I have, my savings are pretty much gone. So that's basically my plight right now. I know for a fact that Bonner or Boundary County is where I want to be; now I just need to figure out how to get there, and  how to make it a permanent situation.

Fortunately, I live incredibly simply (camper-van style), so if I can round up a job one of these days, I will certainly be on my way. If so, I will definitely give you a shout. Your ideas seem right in line with my own. My plan has always been to start with a shop too. I hear the building codes in Bonner County aren't too bad for doing the shop/dwelling combo.

 
Jordan Harder
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Location: Cocolalla ID
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Hi Brandon, very cool to hear!
The job scene can be a bit more difficult here, but at the same time there are quite a variety of industries for such a small town. I work as a carpenter on a small crew, 2-4 guys. We've been plenty busy this year and I expect this summer to be quite busy around here. There are quite a few job postings here on Craigslist right now. You won't be likely to earn the wages you might be used to in Seattle, but you won't pay Seattle rent or be driving in traffic.
I'd be happy to help you if I can be of assistance. And I would be happy to talk to you about dreams and possible collaboration as well.

-Jordan
 
Jen Fan
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How's the farm lookin' this summer?  :)
 
Jordan Harder
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Location: Cocolalla ID
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Hey things are going well, thanks! I've been gone working in Alaska most of the summer, so progress has been slower. I got my road in this spring though. And I'll be putting in a well and pond when I get home in a few weeks. I have some seedlings and grafted fruit trees that I got started in my dad's fenced orchard, but I probably won't transplant them till next spring. Building  out a little school bus home too ha
 
Brian Engstrom
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Location: Clark Fork ID
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Hey Jordan! I live in Clark Fork right now and would love to meet up and see what you got going on over there if you're willing to show it off. My name is Brian let me know if you want to set something up
 
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